- What is the relationship between the development of natural history and political economy?
- How did understandings of the origins of life change between the eighteenth century and today?
- How does taking seriously the history of global energy shifts allow us to rethink the relation between energy and empire?
- Can we think of empire as a byproduct of global energy shifts?
- How do different forms of energy system shape political possibilities for democracy?
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- Alexander, Denis and Ronald Numbers (eds), Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
- Allen, David Elliston, The Naturalist in Britain: A Social History (Princeton University Press, 1994).
- Arnold, David, The Tropics and the Traveling Gaze: India, Landscape, and Science, 1800-1856 (University of Washington Press, 2015).
- Bleichmar, Daniela, Visible Empire: Botanical Expeditions and Visual Culture in the Hispanic Enlightenment (University of Chicago Press, 2012).
- Cowie, Helen, Conquering Nature in Spain and Its Empire, 1750-1850 (Manchester University Press, 2011).
- Drayton, Richard, Nature’s Government: Science, Imperial Britain, and the ‘Improvement’ of the World (Yale University Press, 2000).
- Easterby-Smith, Sarah, Cultivating Commerce: Cultures of Botany in Britain and France, 1760–1815 (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
- Endersby, Jim, Imperial Nature: Joseph Hooker and the Practices of Victorian Science (University of Chicago Press, 2008).
- Jonsson, Fredrik Albritton, ‘Rival Ecologies of Global Commerce: Adam Smith and the Natural Historians’, The American Historical Review, 115 (2010).
- Jardine, Nick, James Secord, and Emma Spary, Cultures of Natural History (Cambridge University Press, 1996).
- Pratt, Mary Louise, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (Routledge, 2007).
- Sivasundaram, Sujit, Nature and the Godly Empire: Science and Evangelical Mission in the Pacific, 1795-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2005).
- Spary, Emma, Utopia’s Garden: French Natural History from Old Regime to Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
- Beer, Gillian, Darwin’s Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 1983).
- Bowler, Peter, Evolution: The History of an Idea (University of California Press, 2003).
- Browne, Janet, Darwin’s Origin of Species: A Biography (Atlantic Books, 2006).
- Desmond, Adrian, The Politics of Evolution: Morphology, Medicine and Reform in Radical London (University of Chicago Press, 1989).
- Gregory Radick and Jonathan Hodge (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Darwin (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
- Hale, Piers, Political Descent: Malthus, Mutualism, and the Politics of Evolution in Victorian England (University of Chicago Press, 2014).
- Moore, Jim and Adrian Desmond, Darwin’s Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins (Allen Lane, 2009).
- Secord, James, ‘Global Darwin’, in William Brown and Andrew Fabian (eds), Darwin (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
- Secord, James, Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation (University of Chicago Press, 2000).
- Young, Robert, Darwin’s Metaphor: Nature’s Place in Victorian Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1985).
Environment and Politics
- Rolf Peter Sieferle, The Subterranean Forest: Energy Systems and the Industrial Revolution (White Horse Press, 2010).
- Kenneth Pomeranz, The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the making of the modern world economy(Princeton University Press, 2000).
- Timothy Mitchell, Carbon Democracy: Political power in the age of oil(Verso, 2011).